Monday, January 2, 2017

Looking Forward to Looking Back on 2017


Every blogger needs some inspiration, even the good ones.  I found myself in the company of good bloggers checking out  a list of blogging prompts at Post 40 Bloggers. I'm utilizing prompt number 23, Five things you want to see happen for you this year. The start of the year is a good place to look forward on what I hope to look back and see a year from now.

1. Restored my home to a place of calm and pride, particularly my bedroom and family room. Most of this accomplished with sheer will power and no more spending. While we have some more costly home improvements that are starting to move into a need, not just want list, these two areas just needed TLC and a plan. The bedroom needed a lot of both.

2. I'll have gone to at least two music performances that my kid was not performing in. I'm talking intentionally planned outings to hear an accomplished musician, not haphazardly stumbled into an open mike night, or house band.

3. I'll have hosted no less than six (combination) of women and wine nights, coffee mornings, and get together lunches. This goes along with my number 1, of restoring my home to a place of calm and pride.

4. I'll have done no less than twelve exploration days. Once a month, sometimes more, sometimes none, I 'll have thrown a virtual dart on a map and set out to learn about a local place I've not yet been.

5. Last, but certainly not least, I received formal  recognition of my existence as a writer. I got such positive feedback on my post I Am A Writer, Dammit! that I put more effort into this craft. Using the word craft instead of hobby is a step up for me. (I have no preferences, nor may I even understand the possibilities of that recognition, but would know it if it happened.)

2016 has really gotten a bad rap in social media. It did feel stifled, consumed with politics, and anger. 2017 carries all the baggage from 2016. I'm hoping my response to the baggage is a positive challenge, overcome, and achieve more than the year before.

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  1. Love this idea & may try it myself. These are great goals!

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    1. I guess it is like trying to create a crystal ball, only I get to direct what I want to see in he glass.

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  2. It sounds as if you've made lasting changes to your life during 2016. I hope that 2017 continues to be happy and that all goes well for you and your family! Jx

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    1. I still feel like I've only been dabbling, but havent validated inot a new norm all the changes I feel are needed. Yes, 2017 is a new year, and I so want it to be a good and happy one.

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  3. I really need to do a My goals for 2017 post. Your post has prompted me to think more about it. At the moment it's like I've had a new baby myself as I'm finding myself caring for my granddaughter Priya most days while my daughter completes her degree. I don't mind but it's not conducive to writing, thinking or anything else really. I'd forgotten how time consuming new babies can be . She's asleep across my knee and I'm writing this on my phone lol gonna have a quick peek at those blogs you mention before she wakes up. I love your writings Sam.

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    1. It is so wonderful though that you have this time with your grand daughter and are able to support your daughter. That's worth 1000 times more than any silly words I put down on the computer. I so appreciate though your comments, and encouragement.

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  4. I can completely relate to the desires you have for your home and your wanting to make more effort to host more often along those lines. I'm at a strange place where I'm learning to be more comfortable with our chaos instead of it making my mind chaotic but I believe I need to feel comfortable inviting others into our space as well. I definitely want to put more effort this year into having more people over. I do love my home. I wish that we shared our space with others more often.

    These are all great things to work towards in this new year!

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    1. Learning to accept the normal chaos of a young family with busy working parents is completely goal worthy. Normal family chaos though has grown into stressful shambles in parts of my home, and I can't get on top of it in recent years. It is my number one goal for myself, after my health, and I beleive will contribute positivley to my physical and mental health.

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    2. Although I've NEVER lived it, I think having an organized home must be SOOOOO healthy for the psyche (remember I grew up with a hoarder). I hope this year is super productive for you and that you're able to get on top of the things in your home (and get rid of the things) that are stealing peace from you.

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    3. I'm about to upload a post today about the amount of peace that is coming with a relatively minor change! Calm and clutter free-the 2017 mantra!

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